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Motor Trend Reports Big SUV in Pre-production
Motor Trend magazine, one of the top consumer publications in the auto industry, reports that VW is nearing the production stage for a large three-row SUV designed to compete with Explorer, Tahoe and Highlander. As yet unnamed, the project has the working title of “B-SUV.” Motor Trend journalists joined a few others in a guided tour held at the Chattanooga production facility to get a glimpse of a camouflaged test model. The name should be released later this month and pictures released later this fall. Stay in touch with your Volkswagen Scottsdale dealership, Chapman Volkswagen to learn more about Volkswagen’s entry in the large SUV market.
Choice of Engines and Drivetrain
Motor Trend has learned that the B-SUV will offer consumers a choice of either a 220 horsepower 4-cylinder engine or a VR6 similar to the one in the Passat. Both engines will utilize an 8-speed automatic transmission and drivers will have a choice for front or all-wheel drive. VW execs were not specific, but did tell Motor Trend the B-SUV will tow several thousand pounds. Suspension consists of coils in the rear and struts in the front with no adjustability by the driver. Throttle, anti-lock brakes and traction control will be adjustable to suit the road conditions. The B-SUV will also offer systems to control the speed on steep descents and help get you started on sharp inclines. A VW exec told Motor Trend that customers will be impressed by the new vehicle’s “autobahn-bred driving dynamics.”
New SUV Adds to Lineup
The new B-SUV adds to a Volkswagen SUV lineup that already includes the sporty compact Tiguan and mid-size Touareg. The Tiguan comes with a 200-horsepower engine and offers the option of all-wheel drive. It delivers 24 mpg on the highway and has luxurious options such as a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, steering wheel infotainment controls and push-button start. The larger Touareg is great for accommodating people or cargo, delivering 64 cubic feet of space once you fold the rear seats down. Luxury touches include optional heated seats for those ski trips, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control and Bi-Xenon headlights. A hands-free power lift gate is a welcome addition when your hands are full of shopping bags. Head to Chapman Volkswagen for a great selection of SUVs. Stay tuned for the first delivery of the larger B-SUV sometime late next year.
All-electric Microbus Addresses Needs of Future
Although the clamor for a new version of the microbus still rings strong with VW fans, the closest you can get for now is the BUDD-e concept vehicle. Named the “2016 Concept Truck of the Year” at the recent Concept Vehicle Awards in Michigan, the BUDD-e checks off all the boxes to help solve mobility problems now and in the future. “We are thrilled that the BUDD-e has been honored as 2016 Concept Truck of the Year and would like to thank the panel of judges for recognizing Volkswagen’s innovation,” VW director of marketing Dr. Hendrik Muth said. “We are determined to lead the future of automotive design, and BUDD-e shows the capabilities of our all-new electric vehicle architecture and further advances connectivity and infotainment.” Although you can’t buy the BUDD-e, you can see VW’s innovation and eye to the future by examining the entire Volkswagen inventory at your Volkswagen Scottsdale dealership, Chapman Volkswagen.
BUDD-e Provides Look Into Transportation Future
With features like a range of 233 miles, gesture control to operate in-vehicle systems and an integrated communication system that works with both your home, other vehicles and smartphones, the BUDD-e offers some of the most sophisticated technology to date in the automotive industry. The BUDD-e was one of 20 concept vehicles presented to two dozen judges for review. There is no word if the BUDD-e, or something similar, will ever become a production vehicle available for sale.
New VW EV Debuting in Paris
According to the blog “Autocar,” VW will be unveiling a new all-electric car at the Paris Auto Show in September. It will be about the same size as the Golf hatchback, but the interior will remind consumers more of the Passat. Autocar said that the VW engineers have accepted the challenge to build an Electric Vehicle (EV) that delivers a 310-mile range, has a charge time less than 20 minutes, and costs less or the same than a gasoline engine car with similar features. There are reports that the vehicle, yet unnamed, could be on the Chapman Volkswagen sales lot by 2019, but other estimates have the release date closer to 2025. “Nobody can say when it will be a reality, but we are working on it,” VW CEO Matthias Muller said. For now, VW fans have the option of buying the e-Golf, a hatchback with the styling of the popular Golf that delivers the equivalent of 126 mpg in the city.
Cars.com Puts Competitors to the Test
When Cars.com, one of the leading consumer sources for information in the automotive industry, brings nine of the leading mid-size sedans together for a comparison, it’s wise to listen to the results. The Volkswagen Passat, which finished third in the previous competition two years ago, was the clear winner in 2016. Citing a smooth 1.8-liter engine, outstanding driving performance and quick acceleration, the judges awarded the Passat the honor mostly based on the fact it is the most fun car of the lot to drive. See how much fun you can have on four wheels by taking a Passat for a test drive at Chapman Volkswagen.
Quality Interior Combines With Comfort
Although some categories were closer than others, the judges voted the Passat the clear winner for both interior quality and comfort. “The Passat’s cushy seats, and pleasant ride and handling balance make it long-trip comfortable,” according to one judge. “Even though you know it’s roomy inside, the amount of rear seat space will still surprise you. This is the best backseat in the test,” said another. Judges agreed that the upscale materials used for the driver and passenger are the same used for the rear seat occupants, which was not the case for some other cars.
Passat Give You Choice of Power Plants
If you want the best efficiency, choose the standard 1.8L engine that delivers 38 mpg on the highway. While that motor has plenty of pop for merging onto the freeway or getting yourself out of trouble in a hurry, people who like a tad more performance will probably opt for the V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower. Both engines come standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission that has a “Sport” option to up the ante a bit when you’re out sowing some wild oats.
Remember, Safety First
The Volkswagen Passat has a whole suite of available driver assistance features to help keep you and your occupants safe on the road. The Forward Collision Warning System uses sensors to determine if a front impact is on the horizon. It gives you an audible warning, and if you do not act, it then applies the brakes. Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist are other measures available to help you avoid collisions. Get a more thorough explanation of all the available safety features when you head over to Chapman Volkswagen for a test drive.
Sit Back and Enjoy Those Plush Leather Seats
Opt for the seats covered in soft Vienna leather and the Volkswagen Touareg crosses the line from a fun-to-drive full-size SUV into a luxurious living room on wheels. Starting at $42,705, the Touareg certainly isn’t the least expensive SUV you can buy, but when compared to luxury models costing tens of thousands of dollars more, it starts to resemble a virtual bargain. Ventilated front seats have standard eight-way power adjustability, so you can choose that perfect position before heading out on the road. Dual-zone climate control helps keep everyone comfortable no matter what Mother Nature is doing outside. Test drive the Touareg today at Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale and see what German engineering and craftsmanship can accomplish.
Standard All-Wheel Drive Keeps You in Control
When the road conditions get dicey, the Touareg’s standard all-wheel drive system will help keep you in control and moving safely along to your destination. With a 3.6L V6 engine generating 280 horsepower, you have plenty of performance to safely do a freeway merge or get around a large truck on a mountain pass. The Touareg also offers a towing capacity of 7,716 pounds, which is plenty for most recreational needs like a boat or travel trailer. The Touareg offers a 40/20/40 folding rear seat that provides incredible versatility for carrying people and cargo. Even with all that power and people-hauling capability, the Touareg still gets a very respectable 23 mpg on the highway.
Stay Connected With Touchscreen Technology
Whether you want real-time traffic updates, 3D navigation or just want to kick back and relax to some concert quality sound, the Volkswagen Touareg offers the infotainment system to suit your desires. Choose from a 6.5-inch or 8-inch touchscreen. Other technology includes an overhead camera that gives you a 360-degree birds eye view around your vehicle, as well as a complete suite of sensor and camera-activated driver assistance safety features. Front Assist includes a forward collision warning system that not only warns you of an impending crash, but also applies emergency braking if you fail to act. Side Assist helps you locate vehicles in your blind spot, while Lane Assist issues a warning if you are drifting between lanes without using your turn signal. Adaptive Cruise Control keeps a safe distance between you and the car in front. Park Pilot helps you get the full-size SUV into those tight urban parking spots while avoiding those annoying fender benders. See how all these features combine to make the Touareg the affordable choice for the luxury SUV buyer by taking a trip to Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.
Consumer Website Praises VW Midsize Sedan
Cars.com, a trusted consumer website that offers vehicle reviews, prices and other auto industry news, has selected the 2016 Volkswagen Passat as the winner of its Midsize Sedan Challenge. The Passat won against eight of its competitors, with judges praising its capacity, sporty driving experience and safety. “We are thrilled for the Passat to be named Best Midsize Sedan by Cars.com against such formidable competition,” according to VW America President Hinrich J. Woebcken. “The Passat offers the perfect combination of sophisticated styling, outstanding App-Connect technology, and the great driving dynamics that Volkswagen is known for, making it an outstanding consumer value.” If you’re in the market for a midsize sedan, swing by Chapman Volkswagen and test drive the new Passat.
Passat Built for Modern Lifestyle
The VW Passat is built for today’s modern lifestyle, with a full suite of available technology that includes Bluetooth streaming, Wi-Fi connectivity and a turbocharged engine that not only delivers great performance but also outstanding fuel economy. The Passat comes standard with the 1.8L turbocharged engine that delivers 38 mpg on the highway. If you’d like a little more power, just opt in for the V6 motor that pumps out 280 fun-filled horsepower. A 6-speed automatic transmission comes standard on the Passat, with an available Sport mode that ratchets up the fun. Also standard is a touchscreen infotainment system that is outfitted with a rearview camera, helping you avoid cars, pedestrians and other obstacles as you back up.
Driver Assistance Helps Avoid Collisions
There is an entire suite of sensor-based driver assistance features available with the Passat to help you stay safe and get your precious cargo from Point A to Point B. Start with the Forward Collision Warning system that not only lets you know of an impending front end collision, but also applies the brakes if you don’t react. Blind Spot Monitors keep an eye out in those dark spaces you can’t see, while Rear Traffic Alert senses traffic or pedestrians cross your path from the rear. If you start to drift without using your turn signal, Lane Assist will first warn you and then help you keep on your intended path. Adaptive Cruise Control maintains a safe distance between you and the car in front, even applying the brakes if necessary. Park Assist and Park Pilot help you fit in those narrow spots in the city.
Passat Also Won Award in 2012
“The Passat came in first place with both our expert judges and in-market shoppers,” according to Cars.com editor-in-chief Patrick Olsen. “This midsize sedan is a refreshed version of the Passat that won Cars.com’s Best of 2012 award; It’s still tremendously roomy and for 2016 got a ton of tech upgrades like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.” Olsen went on to say the Volkswagen Passat scored big points because it is so fun to drive. See what a dynamic driving experience is like by taking the Passat for a test drive at Chapman Volkswagen.
Alltrack Leads Changes at VW
The all-wheel drive VW Golf Alltrack is the most exciting change coming to the automaker’s lineup for 2017. With a practical use that includes hauling people and stuff, the Alltrack also delivers a fun driving experience that is a cut above other all-wheel drive wagons. The 170 horsepower 1.8L TSI turbocharged engine will first be paired with an automatic transmission. A manual option for those who like to pound through the gears will come later in the model year. “We heard from dealers and customers that they wanted to see a Golf SportWagen with the all-terrain capability that comes from an all-wheel drive system,” said VW marketing VP Joerg Sommer. “We are excited to introduce the Golf Alltrack to meet the lifestyle needs of our customers.” The Alltrack will make its way to Chapman Volkswagen, your Scottsdale VW dealer, this fall.
Beetle Offering New Looks for 2017
The mainstay of the VW line has some fresh looks and some blasts from the past for 2017. Along with the retro look of the Classic Beetle coming back, VW is also introducing the #PinkBeetle (yes, the hashtag is part of the name), and the Dune convertible. The Classic Beetle hearkens back to yesteryear when the cute little Bug was the car of choice for many young people who just needed reliable transportation. The 2017 model does have a retro look, but also includes modern connectivity features like VW Car-Net, Apply CarPlay and Android Auto. The #PinkBeetle offers a stunning fuchsia metallic color both on the outside and for interior accents. The Dune convertible also comes out for the 2017 model year, with a rugged exterior, increased ride height and golden color that inspires a trip to the beach.
Other Models Updated for 2017
VW has made updates to many of its models for the coming year, including a suite of safety features like lane departure warning, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control to the CC. The Golf will come with an upscale version called the Wolfsburg, which adds a sunroof, leatherette seating, keyless access, push-button start, heated front seats and much more to the S model package. If you’re interested in the Golf GTI, it has a new Sport trim model with a performance package that includes superior braking, electronic torque sensing, limited-slip rear end and 10 horsepower increase from the previous year. The Jetta lineup now just consists of four models, including the S, SE, SEL and SEL premium. There will no longer be a Jetta Hybrid. Changes are also coming to the Passat, Tiguan and Touareg. Stop by Chapman Volkswagen to find out more details on the new model year.
#PinkBeetle Gets its Own Hashtag
In an effort to hop on the social media train, as well as market to consumers whose favorite colors are “blush” or “bashful,” VW announced that a #PinkBeetle will have a limited production run in 2017. First unveiled as a concept vehicle in 2015, #PinkBeetle is coated with a Fresh Fuschia Metallic paint and adorned with a stunning interior trim package that definitely makes it the hottest Beetle in town. #PinkBeetle will only be available in limited quantities, so it’s wise to inquire at Chapman VW Scottsdale now about the possibility of securing one of these collector items.
Comes in Convertible or Coupe
#PinkBeetle will come in either a convertible or coupe, powered by a 1.8L turbocharged engine that produces 170 horsepower. Expect the #PinkBeetle to be a trending topic on Twitter when it finally comes for sale, as the paint job is set off with glossy black mirror caps and running boards. Seventeen-inch alloy multi-spoke wheels add a little flair for the coupe. The convertible sports 18-inch Twister wheels that have five spokes. Both models come with LED running lights and taillights, as well as Bi-Xenon headlights.
Black and Pink Dresses up Interior
The interior of the new #PinkBeetle has a black dashpad that’s enhanced with a pink accent. Pink Club seats are similar to the plaid seats that come with the GTI, except these have pinstriping with a pink hue instead of the traditional red. The new #PinkBeetle comes with VW’s MIB II entertainment and communication system. With App-Connect technology, you can take advantage of a limited number of apps from your phone by using Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or MirrorLink. Make hands-free phone calls, respond to text messages or stream your favorite audio books or music with ease. The MIB II infotainment system has an integrated sensor that knows when your hand is near the 6.3-inch touchscreen. It automatically changes the menu to allow easy selection of different features. Keyless access, push-button start, a rearview mirror and heated front seats are some other standard equipment of the #PinkBeetle.
No Price Announced Yet
Although the price tag for the new #PinkBeetle has not yet been announced, you can get a new Beetle now from Chapman VW Scottsdale with a starting MSRP of under $20,000. That’s a small price to pay for an iconic vehicle that gets 34 mpg and offers an unlimited amount of fun.
VW on Fast Track to Generate EVs
Now on a quick pace to produce electric vehicles of all shapes and sizes, Volkswagen is considering the use of the MEB (modular electric kit) platform that uses a flat floor battery as the underpinning for larger vehicles, such as the much talked about new Bus. Although you shouldn’t expect any electric busses to show up on the showroom floor at your Scottsdale Volkswagen dealer, Chapman Volkswagen, for at least a couple of years, the MEB platform is much more scalable than other chassis systems. VW can easily adjust the length and width of the vehicle, as well as the position of the seats. VW says that electric vehicles don’t have to be as large as comparable gas powered cars since the lack of a driveshaft tunnel automatically creates more room.
e-Golf Delivers 126 MPGe
Volkswagen already offers one of the best electric vehicles on the market with the e-Golf. This sporty little hatchback has a range of 83 miles per charge, much more than the average two-way commute. The 115-horsepower electric motor delivers almost 200 pound feet of torque, or enough to make you sit up straight and notice as it merges onto a freeway. Three different driving modes let you pick between power and maximum efficiency, while three different regenerative braking modes charge up the battery to keep you going strong.
Charge at Home, on the Road or at VW Dealership
Most people choose to charge their e-Golf at home with the available 240V quick charge setup, but there are more than 22,000 charging points available out on the open road. You can also choose to charge your VW at Chapman VW Scottsdale, or any other dealership. The e-Golf comes in two different trim levels, starting with the SE. The SE still has a number of standard features, including keyless access, push button start and a touchscreen infotainment system. The SEL Premium model adds LED headlights, an onboard charger and touchscreen navigation.
Jetta Hybrid Scores 48 MPG
If you’re in a rush for a fuel-efficient vehicle, look no further than the Jetta Hybrid. This mid-size sedan has plenty of seating for five adults and delivers 48 mpg on the highway. Bi-Xenon headlights, touchscreen navigation and park distance control are all standard features. The Jetta Hybrid is powered by a combination electric engine and 150-horsepower gas motor. Check out the Jetta Hybrid or e-Golf as well as the entire Scottsdale Volkswagen inventory today with a visit to Chapman Volkswagen.
VW Takes Jazzed Up Fleet All Over America
Volkswagen has already started its annual Summer Enthusiast Show Fleet tour for 2016, taking a whole fleet of top performance VWs around the country for fans to enjoy. These VWs are not just the cream of the crop, they are also decked out in wild colors with special wheels to show fans just how creative a Volkswagen can be. The result is a rich collection of cars that pay homage to the tradition of VW with a modern touch. See the latest VW inventory with a trip to Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.
Golf GTI Pumps Up the Purple
A stunning purple paint job and special wheels show off the possibilities when it comes to one of VW’s most popular hatchbacks. The Golf GTI enthusiast vehicle is lowered with a set of 20-inch gold forged wheels. The wheel color transfers over to the door stripe, which is mirrored again on the cargo carrier on top. This little monster shows how you can haul cargo and people while still having a fun time. It, along with other special vehicles, will be on display in Fontana, CA at the Fastivus show August 13 and 14.
Golf 1.8T Delivers Classic Look
Utilizing the Ball Green paint hue that was made famous on the Mk 1 VW Rabbit, the Golf 1.8T that VW is putting on display utilizes a classic look with some special flair. Once again, gold spoke wheels deliver a feeling of richness, with that color carried over into the yellow-tinted headlights. This car also sits a couple of inches lower than normal because of special performance coilovers. The black stripe on the doors adds the finishing touch.
Passat Speaks to Air Ride Contingent
The Passat that VW is offering up for this special tour is specially made for all the air ride suspension fans in America. A custom leveling air suspension package not only lets the driver adjust the height of the car, but delivers a ride that is literally like sitting on air. A “Satin Ocean Shimmer” wrap delivers a sheen that is popular with many VW fans. Michelin Pilot Sport tires are fitted onto 20-inch wheels.
Golf R Finds Inspiration in U.K. Scirocco
A black Scirocco GT that’s only available in the United Kingdom serves as the inspiration for the black Golf R that’s part of the enthusiast tour. Designers have wrapped the roof of the show car in a black matte finish, which compliments the sport tires. Although you can’t buy any of these cars, you can remind yourself just how fun a VW is to drive by taking a trip to Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.
Americans Love Their SUVs
The midsize Volkswagen Tiguan remains a strong performer in the SUV market, increasing sales more than 58 percent for April over the previous year. By moving 3,804 units in North America, Tiguan is one of the sales leaders for VW, following only the Golf, Jetta and Passat. “We are pleased with the performance in our retail business, driven by vehicles like the Tiguan, GTI and Golf R,” according to VW America CEO Mark McNabb. Take a Tiguan for a test drive at Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale and marvel at the comfort, performance and technology.
200 Horses Create Turbocharged Excitement
Once you’re done admiring the exterior beauty of the VW Tiguan, slip behind the wheel and see just how much fun can be created from 200 turbocharged horsepower. Add 4MOTION all-wheel drive for help straightening out those curves or taking command on an icy road. A 6-speed automatic shifts seamlessly through the gears, getting the maximum performance and power out of the TSI engine. With 26 mpg on the highway, you’ll be passing those gas station stops and leaving other SUVs in your dust.
Interior has Room for Five
With a 60/40 split rear folding seat and comfortable leather covered buckets in the front, the Tiguan has room for five adults or a variety of cargo. Rear tie down buckles keep your gear in place with plenty of cargo space behind the upright rear seats. If you’re packing skis or golf clubs, just fold down one seat and still have room for four adults. Long journeys are made more comfortable with the nicely-padded seats, panoramic sunroof and dual-zone climate control. Keyless access lets you open all the doors by pulling on just one door handle, and push button start gets you on your way without fumbling for keys.
Tiguan R-Line Adds Some Flair
For a little beefier appearance on the road, step up to the R-Line package which adds side skirts, a cool rear bumper and enhanced wheel arches. The result is an SUV with a strong, stylish attitude. A rear spoiler provides downforce and sport suspension is tuned to let you feel the road, resulting in an improved driving experience whether you’re taking the kids to school or heading out to the slopes for a weekend of skiing. VW Car-Net App Connect keeps you in touch with the rest of the world, whether you want to stream music, check your text messages or plan a route. See all the features the Volkswagen Tiguan has to offer by taking a trip to Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.